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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

 Unless previously agreed with the publisher, articles must be submitted exclusively via the website of the journal. In the following lines, the name of Bulletin de la Dialyse à Domicile is shortened in “BDD”

 Accepted text file formats are MS Word and Wordperfect. Do not submit pdf files.

International recommendation :

Our guidelines respect COPE guidelines and InternationalCommitee of Medical Journal Editors

The editorial process of the BDD is based on the OJS software system. Use of it in a nutshell :

    The user accesses the home page of the BDD online submission site at the following address: https://www.bdd.rdplf.org and clicks on the words "connect" at the top right . A new page opens asking for your username and password: if you are not registered yet click on the link below "You are not a user, please register": a new window opens, fill in all the fields. In case of difficulty, contact the secretariat of the RDPLF whose contact details are available at the address https://bdd.rdplf.org/index.php/bdd/about/contact, or click on the menu About/contact. At the end of the registration the user will receive a confirmation email.
    Registration is only done once during the first use. At each subsequent connection, simply click on "connect" and, to identify yourself, enter the username and password and click on the "Log In" button to enter the system.
    Once identified and recorded into the system, the author submitting a manuscript follows the path indicated to enter the various informations related to the submission, as well as to upload the files.

    You specify the language of submission through the drop-down menu.
    You choose the topic in which you want to publish your article (usually article).
    You check the verification items
    Eventually you fill in the box "comments for the editor"
    Then you click the Save button and continue

Then, follow all the subsequent steps that are indicated to you.

The co-authors: enter all the names of the co-authors with their complete contact details and email. Do not forget to record  each co authors : in oher words, you must fill the co authors data, record it then fill the next author date and record etc..up to the last one; the names will appear in the input order but you can change the order after. Put only the names of co-authors who actually participated in the work must be include. They must have given permission to be co-author and this will be requested by the editor of the journal before final publication. If they have an ORCID number (https://orcid.org/), remember to indicate it with the full URL.


You must indicate successively:

- Name,
- First name,
- E-mail,
- Country
Below »User Details«: Leave the Suffix and URL boxes blank, but if you have an Orcid number type in the full URL. If you do not have an ORCID number, we advise you to create one (https://orcid.org/) that will increase the circulation of your articles.

- affiliation : type in this box your department, hospital name,town and country

In the rectangle below write any useful additional information especially experience, phone that you want to share with the publisher.

We invite you to consult our confidentiality policy

Author role:  check the box of the author role

Indicate the resource person and check include this contributor

Once you have completed this information, save it and enter the next contributor

For any technical problem, please contact our secretariat: secretaire@rdplf.org

Recommendation for the choice of authors and co-authors:

Recommendation for the choice of authors and co-authors:

An author is a person who personally wrote part or all of the text, and/or participated significantly in the recording and analysis of data for the submitted article, the person who suggested or coached the work, any person who has actively and personally participated in the design and production of the work. No one should be added for reasons other than personal involvement in the published work. Except in very special circumstances, it is recommended not to exceed

- Two authors for a review

- six authors for a case report

- ten authors for research articles

At the end of the articles, the roles of each author must be explained

Disclosure form :

Any conflict of interest must be declared: a form is sent to all co-authors before publication, so that they accept the publication and declare any conflict of interest. If it is not possible to contact a co-author, we ask the main author to send us the form signed by the co-author. If this cannot be obtained, we inform the main author that the name of this co-author cannot be maintained.

- the form is available by clicking on this link, it will be kept permanently by the RDPLF

It is recommended that authors have a personal Orcid ID and provide them with the article.

Source of income: the financing of the work, if any, must be explained



The manuscripts are sent to the editor by the Internet platform as mentioned above.

The editorial secretariat can be contacted at the following address:


The manuscript must be double-spaced, with a margin of 4 cm to the left, on the front only of A4-size sheets (210 x 297 mm). An A4 page includes about 250 words or 1,500 signs. The total length of the manuscript should not exceed 3500 words excluding the abstract and the bibliography. The abstract must not exceed 250 words The manuscript is written in French or possibly in English or Spanish if it is the first language of the authors: in this case it will be translated into French by the publisher before publication.The editor will submit the translated version to the main author for his agreement before being on line.

The text includes, in order: the title, the French summary with the keywords in alphabetical order; English summary with title and keywords in alphabetical order; the text itself ; bibliographical references; tables with title and legend; the figures ; the legends of the figures.

 The legends of the tables and figures, and any information inside the figures, must be in French;

Title page

The title page, or first page, contains the following information:

    the title in French and its translation into English; concise, it indicates precisely the subject of the work and does not include abbreviations; the editor reserves the right to modify it in a concise manner;
    the title should not exceed 100 characters including spaces.
    the full names and addresses of the departments, laboratories or organizations of origin of the authors; specify the telephone and fax numbers, as well as the author's e-mail address - if it is not the first one - to which the correspondence concerning the article and the teaser must be sent;
    where applicable, the date and place of the meeting at which the work was presented.

Summary and keywords

On the second page, each article contains a summary in French and in English without abbreviation or reference, with at most six keywords also in French and English. Abstracts are approximately 250 words maximum (approximately 10 to 15 lines).

The keywords, relevant and descriptors, must allow the indexing of the article, and preferably conform to the list of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Index Medicus. They appear below the abstracts. You can help by searching Mesh words at https://meshb.nlm.nih.gov/MeSHonDemand  : in this website page you have the possibility to copy and paste the English summary ; after a few seconds the server will propose some suggestions of key words If you agree use them and put their translation below the french ersion of the summary.

Abbreviations used in the text must be defined when first used. Only common abbreviations are accepted, in reduced numbers. The entire term must precede the abbreviation in parentheses, when it first appears in the text and in the abstract, unless it is an international unit of measure.

The use of abbreviations is prohibited in the title and, if possible, avoided in the summaries.

Nomenclature, numbers and symbols. The nomenclature must be consistent and invariable. Symbols and scientific units must be expressed in the international system of units (SI system). The numbers are written in numbers. A comma precedes the decimals in French texts, space is the separator of thousands in frenche.

Drugs and appliances. Medicines are identified by their generic name (international non-proprietary name), without capital letters. The specialty name may be mentioned in parentheses with initial capitalization, followed by the initials ® and the name of the pharmaceutical firm, if the drug is little known. The trade name of a device bears the acronym ™ and, in parentheses, the name of the manufacturer or distributor.

Latin phrases. The Latin phrases used in French are written in Latin (et al., A priori, a contrario ...). The Latin taxonomic names of microorganisms are written in italics, the genus name with an initial capital letter, the species name with a tiny (Staphylococcus aureus). From the second appearance in the text, the genus name can be abbreviated (S. aureus).



References are submitted in accordance with Vancouver standards. A pdf in French from the University of Lille is available on the Internet at: http://bu.univ-lille2.fr/fileadmin/user_upload/tutoriels/Sante/vancouver_ESP.pdf

The references appear on a separate page (s) and numbered (s). The references are numbered according to the order of appearance in the text. They are identified in the text, tables and legends by bracketed Arabic numerals. References cited only in legends, tables, or figures are numbered in such a way that they replace the last reference cited in the text before the table is invoked. The numbers are separated by commas when it comes to two consecutive digits or not, and by a hyphen when there are more than two consecutive digits; only extreme numbers are then cited: [5, 7], [9-11], [5, 7, 9-11, 13]. The article only includes references to texts that have been consulted for the drafting of the work. The cited references must be accessible to readers. All references cited in the text appear in the list of references and vice versa.

It is suggested that authors include in their bibliography the articles published in the Bulletin de la Dialysis à Domicile, previously, if they relate to the subject treated and are useful, but this is not required. Authors should also avoid self-quoting,except if useful for the discussion of the text.


Tables and figures should be included in the text in their place. A separate original set of excellent quality must be provided.

The Bulletin de la Dialyse à Domicile  is published in two columns of 54 characters each, including spaces ; we recommend not to make tables of greater width to facilitate layout. If necessary a display on two columns is possible provided that the table is not a width greater than the equivalent of 100 characters. Larger tables will be rejected.

Each table is typed double-spaced on one page; it includes, at the top, the number with which it  is called in the text  (in Roman numerals) and the title ; at the bottom, any explanatory notes (abbreviations, acronyms). Units are provided at the head of a row or column. The tables do not duplicate the figures.

Important: The tables must be in  text format :  table in image fomat, such as screen copy, jpeg,png etc, are not accepted


 They are numbered in Arabic numerals. Figures borrowed from another work may be reproduced only with the written consent of their author (s) and the publisher. The legends of the figures are grouped on a separate sheet.

A figure and its legend form a whole that must be understood without need to refer to the text.

Authors must provide original high quality figures in png or jpeg format

The figures must fit on a single column preferably (1063 pixels with a definition of 300 ppi; if published on 2 columns width is 2126 pixels): if a figure is too large for the journal it will be reduced by the editor, but care must be taken that the texts on the original image are sufficiently great for supporting the downsizing.


The journal applies international conflict of interest rules for all publications submitted. Any submission of manuscript must be accompanied by a declaration of interest.

A conflict of interest exists when an author and / or co-author has financial or personal relationships with other individuals or organizations that may influence his / her professional judgments about an essential value (patient well, research integrity) ...). The main types of conflict of interest are financial interests, participation in clinical trials, punctual interventions, family relations.

All authors of the publication must declare all relationships that may be considered to have potential for conflict of interest  in relation to the published text.

 In the event that there is no conflict of interest in relation to the article submitted, the following must be added: no conflict of interest for this article.

In the event that there is one or more conflicts of interest with one or more of the authors of the article, the complete list of them must be mentioned at the end of the manuscript.

When the manuscript is accepted , download the disclosure form by clicking on  ICMJE DISCLOSURE FORM , reply to all question, indicate your email and send it to the secretary. Each author must fill this form. If it is not possible to contact a co-author, we ask the main author to send us the form signed by the co-author. If this cannot be obtained, we inform the main author that the name of this co-author cannot be maintained.

- the form will be kept permanently by the RDPLF



Select this section in most cases recommandations aux auteurs.

Free opinion

Free opinion : This section is intended to allow authors to express a personal opinion on particular aspects of home dialysis: it may be their personal judgment on the quality of treatments, how to manage the care of patients, the economic and organizational aspects etc ... being a personal opinion it is not necessary to add a bibliography. A short summary of 200 words maximum must be written at the beginning of the text and at least 3 keywords provided.Free opinion

Clinical cases

Case report : this section is reserved for short texts reporting an event or an infrequent or rare treatment in a patient. The clinical history should be explained, possible treatments and outcomes and a short blbiography should be included to explain whether identical cases have already been published. The plan is usually: clinical history, literature analysis, conclusion.



Training :  this section is intended for training texts on various topics such as technical descriptions, writing methods, statistics courses, etc.

RDPLF-HD Results

RDPLF-HDD results : This section is used to present results of studies conducted from the RDPLF database, peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis.

Bibliographic journal


Litterature review : This section is led by a group of nephrologists from the Young Nephrologists Club (CJN). Each month they summarize in turn articles they have selected according to their area of interest. They are posted on the website http://www.rdplf.org/biblio.html ; at the end of each quarter, they are grouped and published in this journal. This section is reserved for the publisher. It is not subject to external peer review.

Patient Testimony

Patient testimonial: This section is reserved to report patient own experience. Reviewing done by editorial commitee.


Guidelines : This section is reserved for the editor of the journal to transcribe the guidelines of Dialysis Societies or  publish the French translation of the ISPD guidelines.

Retraction of publication

Use this in case of need to retracte from a previously publication. Reason for retraction must be explained

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The names and e-mails entered on this site will be used exclusively for the purposes of the journal  and will not be used for any other purpose or to any other party. Only the publisher of the magazine has access to names and emails. They are used :

  • to announce the publication of the new issues
  • to contact the authors for any aspect related to their publications in the Bulletin de la Dialyse à Domicile
  • look for those who wish to be reveiwers

No statistical analysis or profiling is performed on the names recorded in the log. Anyone who has registered on the site may at any time request the modification or withdrawal of information about them : these requests must be sent to the secretariat of the RDPLF: secretaire @ rdplf. org.